Year of Publication

2001

Paper Type

Doctoral Dissertation

College

College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)

First Advisor

Dr. Marianne Barnes

Second Advisor

Dr. Martha C. Rader

Third Advisor

Dr. Robert J. Drummond

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify and describe from an ecological perspective the characteristics contributing to collaboration, empowerment and effectiveness of federally mandated Ryan White Title I and Title II planning councils and consortia within the State of Florida.

A case study approach within two (2) community health planning partnerships, specifically those related to. HIV/AIDS consortia, was used to gather data over one and a half years. The methodology included a combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches, utilizing documents, administering several survey instruments, observing meetings, and conducting individual interviews. The interviews and surveys provided the primary sources of data, with the documents and observations providing supportive secondary sources of data. The data were analyzed to develop an ecological perspective of the collaboration, empowerment, and effectiveness of the partnerships.

The findings indicate that both partnerships were collaborative, empowering, and effective in their fulfilling their responsibilities. Significant findings include those related to members' perceptions about the leader and the group, decision making, and conflict as well as the structure, processes, and outcomes of the partnerships.

Suggestions were made for the improvement of each partnership and areas for further research and practical implications were identified.

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